Wynne urges teachers to stay at negotiations
TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne is urging Ontario high school teachers to stay at the bargaining table instead of threatening strikes at seven school boards.
This is the first round of negotiations with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation since the province brought in a new bargaining system, with both local and provincial talks.
The union is threatening to withdraw services at seven selected school boards: Peel, Durham, Halton, Ottawa-Carleton, Waterloo, Rainbow in Sudbury and Lakehead in Thunder Bay.
The union says it won’t accept wage freezes that the Liberals want for all public sector workers until they eliminate a $10.9 billion budget deficit.
Wynne says she knew negotiations would be tough because of the “constrained finances,” but says the government is committed to reaching a fair deal at the bargaining table.
The OSSTF says the Peel and Lakehead school boards could be in a legal strike position later this month.
By The Canadian Press